In order for this to work, you will need to enable POP in Gmail setting.
You will also need to go to Google Account Security page and disable 2-step verification and turn on the option that allows less secure app.
First, install some necessary software:
$ sudo apt-get install -y fetchmail procmail openssl ca-certificates
Next, create ~/.fetchmailrc file and edit it with the following content
with proto POP3
there with password "YOUR_PASSWORD"
is "LINUX_USERNAME" here
mda "/usr/bin/procmail -f %F -d %T"
Note that LINUX_USERNAME should be exactly what you would get from the following command:
$ echo $USER
Since your password is saved as a plain text, you will need to make sure to set read/write flags only for the owner:
$ chmod 600 ~/.fetchmailrc
Now, we need to configure procmail. Create ~/.procmailrc file and edit it with the following content:
# Environment variable assignments
VERBOSE=off # Turn on for verbose log
MAILDIR=$HOME/Mail # Where Procmail recipes deliver
LOGFILE=$HOME/.procmaillog # Keep a log for troubleshooting.
This configuration will have procmail filter out any mails from SOMEBODY and save the message by appending to the file ~/Mail/SOMEBODY. Make sure to create the folder where it will be saved to:
$ mkdir ~/Mail
What about any other messages? They should be saved to path pointed by $MAIL, which we will need to specify. Edit ~/.bashrc to append the following line:
MAIL=/var/spool/mail/$USER && export MAIL
Let the change take effect immediately
$ source ~/.bashrc
Well, looks good. Let's test out. Run
2 messages for email@example.com at pop.gmail.com (3998 octets).
reading message firstname.lastname@example.org@gmail-pop.l.google.com:1 of 2 (3383 octets) flushed
reading message email@example.com@gmail-pop.l.google.com:2 of 2 (615 octets) flushed
You have new mail in /var/spool/mail/linuxnme
If your message is sent from SOMEBODY, it will be saved into ~/Mail/SOMEBODY file. If not, it will be saved to /var/spool/mail/$USER file. Open up these files and see if you are receiving the messages.
Finally, to schedule fetchmail every 5 minute, do the following:
$ crontab -e
Append the following line:
*/5 * * * * /usr/bin/fetchmail &> /dev/null
By the way, if you want fetching to run system-wise, edit /etc/crontab file instead.